THE story of RIVERS OF HOPE

In the summer of 2017, Sidrah Ahmad carried out a research project at the University of Toronto on Islamophobic violence. She interviewed 21 Muslim women survivors of Islamophobic violence, and compiled the research results into an M.A. thesis. You can read the full thesis here

 

It all started with a research project...

 

The research results were put into a toolkit...

 

The toolkit was launched in the community...

Sidrah put the research results into a Toolkit for the community. This Toolkit was beautifully designed by the graphic designer, Azza Abbaro. The Toolkit has useful resources for survivors of Islamophobic violence, and poetry by survivors of Islamophobic violence. You can download it here

 

The Toolkit was launched on March 17, 2018, at the Daniels Spectrum Community Centre in Regent Park in Toronto. 500 copies were given away. The launch featured a panel discussion, poetry performances, useful information, and free Toolkits. You can see a video of the launch here

 

In the summer of 2018, Sidrah, Aima Warriach, and Naeema Hassan came together to form the Rivers of Hope Collective. They received funding from Inspirit Foundation to create anti-Islamophobia workshops in high schools. The Rivers of Hope Collective grew, bringing in 12 new facilitators. Since forming, the team has hosted powerful workshops in high schools and community organizations across the Toronto region and beyond. 

 

We formed a collective and created a workshop...